Michael Kors’ Uptown Prep Collection for Fall/Winter 2016

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Michael Kors proves his merit by taking familiar pieces for FW16 and upholstering them with surprising elements.

After 35 years in the industry, it can be difficult for a designer to pull together a presentation that feels current, especially in light of how diverse personal style is in the modern era. However, Michael Kors proves his merit as a business mogul by taking familiar pieces and upholstering them with surprising elements that made even a pair of indigo denim jeans seem fresh. He did this by adding wispy sprays of ostrich feathers and plumage to nearly half of his collection, boosting the movement of the clothes as they walked down the runway. Those indigo denim jeans sported feathers from knee to ankle, while one charcoal tweed coat sprouted feathers and paillettes from the pocket. The tone of the presentation was preppy, and crisp touched at times with lavish decorative elements or finished with chubby furs in brilliant shades of sky blue and lime green. Fur also appeared in the form of enormous dip-dyed stoles, or as belts looped generously around the waist.

Like most designers in the industry concerned with the rise of consumer-facing presentations and in-season collections, Kors is treading cautiously.

Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2016
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Kors also explored uptown glamour with full-feather skirts in electric lavender, checkered suiting, and molten metallic mini dresses with crystal paillettes. One of our favorite looks was a slim-cut tweed dress from which Kors had trimmed thin strips from the center and then woven the strips together with rows of teeny buttons. It was provocative without being risqué, which is a hard balance to strike. His trench coat selection was also excellent, and came in a variety of smooth bright colors or textured brocades. “Carwash” skirts made from sequin-covered fringed hems boosted the movement and sensuality of the collection, as did skimpy mini-dresses held together by O-rings. Eveningwear was fun, but kept the preppy tone in tact, especially in the case of a fitted black sweater worn over a white-button down and paired with a carwash skirt. The element of surprise here was that the outfit’s entire surface was covered in microscopic silver studs. The final look combined all of the best elements from the collection into one outfit, starting with an enormous snow white fur jacket, a smooth oatmeal-colored sweater, and wild pair of flared trousers made from sheer fabric and thousands of silver sequins.

Like most designers in the industry concerned with the rise of consumer-facing presentations and in-season collections (shown in the same season as the retail cycle they are created for), Kors is treading cautiously. He is not running full-tilt into the melee, but feeling out the moment by releasing a small selection of clothes, shoes, and handbags from his Fall/Winter 2016 show. Gut instinct tells us that the sale of these items will encourage him to experiment more broadly in the future. After all, the collection is stellar.

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